Friday Night: Curren$y, etc. at Warehouse Live
Photos by Justin Avery
Curren$y, Young Roddy, Corner Boy P, Monster Beats, Doughbeezy feat. Killa Kyleon, L.E.$., The Kid Named Breezy Warehouse Live April 19, 2013
Friday night, stoners from across the area came out pre-rolled and lighter-ready to participate in the large-scale smoke-out that doubled as a Curren$y concert. Spectators stood shoulder to shoulder in the ballroom of Warehouse Live while The Kid Named Breezy, L.E.$., Doughbeezy, Killa Kyleon, Corner Boy P, and Young Roddy warmed up for the headliner.
Before entering the building, you could see and smell the carbon remains of blunts, pipes, and joints escaping the establishment, as the area was filled to about 90 percent capacity when The Kid Named Breezy hit the stage. The Virginia native said he was happy to be performing here in his second home, and displayed that kind of energy behind the microphone with several tracks off his current project, 93, as the crowd participated in their hand-to-hand rituals.
Houston's own "Boss Hog Outlaws" artist L.E.$. brought the vibe back down South, with Houstonian swagger that put the crowd in a comfortable and familiar place. Hands waved and bodies swayed as L.E.$. laced gritty vocals over the slow-styled Texas beats.
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Post-L.E.$. the room swelled to about 98 percent capacity and the air took on a haze similar to Los Angeles' smog. Walkways got tighter, and the struggle to get to the bar area kept many people drink-free. By this point, the room was so thick that you could see the entire path of light beams shooting from the stage.
Next up was local rapper and self-proclaimed Southeast Beast, Doughbeezy, who appeared from the side of the stage with what appeared to be a half-smoked blunt behind his ear. He got the crowd involved when he performed his hit, "Break it Down, Roll it Up." Just before the end of his set, Doughbeezy invited Killa Kyleon to hit the stage with him one time before they got out of there. The crowd was surprised by and responsive to the "Watch the Chrome" showcase headliners' impromptu performance.
Following Doughbeezy's set, the Jet Life team began to make their way onstage. Hands went up all across the room, in the form of the traditional "hand loose" sign as a representation of loyalty and support for the team.
First from the camp was Corner Boy P, who rapped alongside fellow Jet Lifer Monster Beats before yielding his time to Young Roddy. He gave the crowd something they could feel (even in a sedated state), with about three verses from most recent project Good Sense II, which has received nearly 50,000 downloads on popular mixtape Web site datpiff.com since its April 1 release date.
You could hear the simultaneous strikes of lighters across the venue as Curren$y made his way to center stage. His pot leaf-decorated cap made the obvious statement that he was there to celebrate 4/20.
In an effort to see who had been fans the longest, Curren$y asked, "How many of y'all know this?" and proceeded to rap some of his earlier songs from tapes such as Pilot Talk and Verde Terrace. However, after only a short time onstage, he abruptly exited and brought Young Roddy back out to perform a few more songs from Good Sense II.
Then, about three of four verses into Roddy's encore, Curren$y brazenly returned to the stage dancing to a mellow beat and eating a bag of Skittles; tropical flavor, if I am not mistaken. In the spirit of 4/20, Curren$y walked to each end of the stage to share his snacks.
Upon returning to the microphone, he asked, "Is everybody OK? We haven't lost nobody in here, have we?" He received a reply of five confirmed faints.
After a few jokes and laughs, Curren$y returned to the music with the songs "Biscayne Bay" and "Mirrors" from his five-song mixtape collaboration with popular producer Harry Fraud. The rest of the time he filled with a slew of current works from projects such as "New Jet City" "The Stoned Immaculate" and "Priest Andretti," all of which have been released in the last nine months.
After making the general announcement that his time was up, Curren$y assured the crowd that he was not going anywhere and moved toward the barricade to take photos and sign autographs on tickets, hats, shoes, and everything else that could be handed forward.
The Crowd: Dazed and confused.
Overheard In the Crowd: "Do you have a paper?"
Random Notebook Dump: What kind of person goes to a Curren$y concert on the eve of 4/20 and complains about the smell?
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